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New class to be inducted into Global Medical Missions Hall of Fame

The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Science’s Global Medical Missions Hall of Fame will induct a new class of honorees Saturday, April 1.

The Galilee Medical Center, Dr. Donald C. Mullen and Dr. Vadrevu (V.K.) Raju will be honored during the program in Collier Building Room 1000 on UT’s Health Science Campus beginning at 7:30 p.m.

“People to People Medicine” is the vision of the Galilee Medical Center, which is a national center of excellence and represents the highest ethical principles and humane values, reaching beyond the sectarian religious and ethnic hatreds that bloody most of the Middle East. Syria, racked by its own civil war, continues to maintain its decades old war with its southern neighbor, Israel, while actively supporting continuing terror against the Jewish state.

The Israeli hospital and its multi-religious and ethnic staff are a few kilometers from the northern border with Syria and accepts the war wounded and civilian personnel who are secretly spirited across the border from the devastating conflict in Syria seeking and receiving care.


For the past 30 years, Dr. Donald Mullen has devoted his life to working in developing countries around the world. Born in Charlotte, N.C., he graduated from the Citadel in 1957 and received a medical degree and completed his residency at Duke University in 1969. After 20 years as a successful cardiovascular surgeon in Charlotte and Milwaukee who performed more than 3,000 open-heart procedures and many thousands of thoracic and vascular surgeries, he obtained a master of divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary and was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1991.

In 1980, Mullen received a call from the World Medical Mission to go to Tenwek Hospital in Kenya for a month, and his life has not been the same since. He made a radical change of direction in his life, working throughout the world as a dedicated medical missionary. He has worked for the Presbyterian Church (USA), Samaritans Purse International Relief, the Christian Medical and Dental Association, and as chairman of the board of the Philadelphia International Foundation. He has worked in three war zones; twice in Iraq and in Sudan and Rwanda, and in Africa, the Far East and the Middle East.

Mullen concluded his career as a parish associate in Highland, N.C., where he also was elected mayor. He has recently published a book of his life, “A Radical Change of Direction; Memoir of the Spiritual Journey of a Surgeon.”


For the past four decades, Dr. Vadrevu (V.K.) Raju has been on a crusade to eliminate avoidable blindness in parts of the world plagued by poverty and poor access to medical care. Born in India, he earned a medical degree from Andrah University and completed an ophthalmology residency and fellowship at the Royal Eye Group of Hospitals in London. He is board-certified in ophthalmology and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. He is a clinical professor at West Virginia University, the section chief of the Ophthalmology Department at Monongalia General Hospital, and runs a private practice.

Raju is the founder and medical director of the Eye Foundation of America. World-class state-of-the art services are rendered through traveling eye camps and permanent brick-and-motor hospitals built by the foundation, including the Goutami Eye Institute that Raju helped found in 2006. Since the inception of the Eye Foundation of America, these camps and institutes have facilitated more than 600 physician exchanges, trained more than 200 ophthalmologists, served 2 million patients, and performed 300,000 vision-saving surgeries in 21 countries operating on three guiding principles: service, teaching and research.

In children, the main focus of efforts by the Eye Foundation of America, the gift of sight results in 75 years of a full and productive life. No child will be denied treatment, and children from around the world can come to receive world-class services. Raju has said, “If blindness is preventable, then let us do it big.”

In addition, Drs. Anne and Randall Ruch, will receive the Lawrence V. Conway Distinguished Lifetime Service Award, and the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences Alumni Community Award will be given to Dr. David Grossman.

Randall and Anne Ruch

Since 1998, the Ruchs have led short-term mission trips to Guatemala after witnessing the deplorable conditions of the people living in a garbage dump and promising them that they would make a difference in their community. Nine years later, SewHope, their nonprofit organization was formed that signifies the hope of Shannon E. Wilson, a young physician who had an abounding compassion for the people of Guatemala, who died in 2006 before her dreams could be fulfilled. SewHope provides health care, nutrition, education, spiritual growth and opportunity to marginalized people in one of the most neglected parts of the world. The couple’s altruistic mission also led them to form a local nonprofit organization, Compassion Health Toledo, so they could address the health-care shortage in a medically under-served area of Toledo.


Grossman graduated in 1974 from the former Medical College of Ohio and completed an internship, residency and fellowship there in 1978. He began his medical career as a member of the medical staff at Toledo and St. Vincent’s hospitals and in an internal medicine group practice. In 1989, he began his public career working for the city of Toledo’s Board of Health, was Toledo’s health commissioner and then medical director. Grossman was instrumental in the merger of the county and city health departments, and in 2000, he became the health commissioner of the combined Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, a position that he held for 16 years. Grossman was successful in the passage of the statewide smoking ban, and in 2007, he was awarded the Public Health Guardian Award by the Association of Ohio Health Commissioners, which gives recognition to outstanding and significant activities resulting in a positive impact on public health for his work on the smoking ban hearings.

In conjunction with the induction, the College of Medicine Students for Medical Missions will host a symposium, “Together, We Are the Change in Medicine,” Saturday, April 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Health Education Building 110. Speakers will include Mullen, Raju and the Ruchs.

Dr. Lawrence V. Conway, UT professor emeritus of finance, founded the Global Medical Missions Hall of Fame in 2004 to honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to advancing the medical well-being of people around the world. In 2006, the Global Medical Missions Hall of Fame became affiliated with the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences. The hall of fame can be seen in the lobby of the Jacobs Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center.

RSVPs are requested for the free, public event: Call 419.530.2586 or 1.800.235.6766, or email medmissionhof@utoledo.edu.

2017 MAC Tournament Champions visit Toledo City Council

The 2017 Mid-American Conference Tournament Champion Toledo women’s basketball team were guests of Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson and the Toledo City Council March 21 at One Government Center.

Head Coach Tricia Cullop and the Rockets were honored with a resolution from Hicks-Hudson in Council Chambers. A handful of council members also made remarks about UT’s championship run, and the entire Toledo City Council took photos with the group.

The MAC Champions and UT Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien posed for a photo with Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson in her office at One Government Center.

Prior to the council meeting, UT spent time with Hicks-Hudson and had the opportunity to take a tour of her 22nd floor office.

Earlier in the day, the Governor’s Northwest Ohio Regional Liaison Lu Cooke presented the Rockets with a proclamation from Gov. John Kasich marking their first MAC Tournament title since 2001 and eighth in program history.

Toledo, which finished the year with a 25-9 overall record, earned the Mid-American Conference’s automatic bid to the “Big Dance” after winning the MAC Tournament in Cleveland. The Midnight Blue and Gold defeated Akron, 65-37, in the first round, MAC East Division champion Kent State, 67-63, in the quarterfinals, defending MAC Tournament champion Buffalo, 72-65, in the semifinals and Northern Illinois, 82-71, in the finals.

Spring Festival of New Music Concert Series this week

The UT Department of Music will celebrate its 40th Annual Spring Festival of New Music, Wednesday, March 29, through Saturday, April 1.

The festival is a series of concerts focusing on contemporary living composers. This year’s guest composer is Jake Runestad, whose work will be featured at some of the concerts. He also will conduct the UT High School Honor Choir on the last concert of the series. 


In addition, the festival also will feature a collaboration of the National Arab Orchestra’s Takht Ensemble.

Listed by date, events will be:

• Wednesday, March 29 — “America the Beautiful” with the National Arab Orchestra’s Takht Ensemble, the UT Jazz Organ Trio and Vocalist Dr. Ellie Martin, 7 p.m., Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall. The concert will include a mix of Arab music, American jazz and other musical styles. It will be a rare opportunity to hear traditional Arab pieces blended with improvisational, instrumental and vocal jazz. Admission: $10-$15; tickets available at the door or in advance through the Center for Performing Arts Box Office, utoledo.tix.com or 419.530.ARTS (2787).

• Thursday, March 30 — UT Student and Faculty Chamber Ensemble, 7 p.m., Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall. Winners of the 2017 Craig’s Keyboards/UT Student Composer Contest will be announced. The concert also will feature the UT Faculty Woodwind Quintet performing a work by Samuel Adler. Admission: Free.

• Friday, March 31 — UT Concert Chorale, at 7 p.m., Doermann Theater. The UT Concert Chorale will perform the music of guest composer Runestad. Admission: $5-$10; tickets available at the door or in advance through the Center for Performing Arts Box Office, utoledo.tix.com or 419.530.ARTS (2787).

• Saturday, April 1 — UT High School Honor Choir with guest composer Runestad, 7 p.m., Doermann Theater. The best singers from area high schools will perform in concert with the UT Concert Chorale, under the baton of guest composer Runestad. A highlight of the concert will be the performance of a song co-created by Runestad and the high school students.

Admission: $5-$10; tickets available at the door or in advance through the Center for Performing Arts Box Office utoledo.tix.com or 419.530.ARTS (2787).

Office of Research makes staffing changes, additions to provide more support for faculty

The UT Office of Research is striving to provide stronger support to faculty members in preparing and submitting grant proposals to external agencies.  

This is consistent with President Sharon L. Gaber’s goal to increase research funding at the University and to elevate UT’s stature as a national public research institution.

Toward this goal, Dr. Rick Francis has been working with UT Chief Information and Chief Technology Officer Bill McCreary and a task force to evaluate different options to support customer-friendly pre-award, post-award, Institutional Review Board, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and compliance system solutions. Given the high priority that the University is placing on this project, Francis has accepted the position of director of research advancement and information systems with a major responsibility to implement a new comprehensive electronic research administration system and web interfaces for researchers and other users. 

He also will work closely with faculty directly and through representatives on the University Research Council in management of UT’s Internal Grants Programs, externally sponsored limited submissions opportunities, research and compliance training, and implementation of the strategic plan for research. 

Francis reports directly to Dr. Frank Calzonetti, vice president of research, who said, “As we grow our research enterprise, Rick’s deep knowledge of research administration and University faculty scholarship needs is invaluable in development of new electronic and information systems to serve the faculty and University.”

Anne Izzi, a former licensing associate in the Office of Technology Transfer, has accepted the position of director of sponsored programs and will devote her attention to overseeing the grant submission and grant awarding process (including research contracts), and ensuring that UT is in compliance with federal research grant requirements. Izzi reports to Dr. Constance Schall, interim associate vice president for research.  

“Ms. Izzi’s legal background, and her experience in submitting winning grant proposals, provides UT with someone who will be responsive to the faculty and ensure that grant proposals, grant contracts and grant awards are processed expeditiously,” Schall said.

In addition, the office has hired Eva English as a grant writer. Armed with a master’s degree in English and previous experience as a grant writer at Defiance College, English has immersed herself in her new position at UT working on grant proposals for faculty.  

“Many UT faculty members have expressed to the Office of Research through its customer survey the importance of providing grant writing assistance,” Calzonetti said. “This position is directed to providing such support, particularly for faculty early in their academic careers.”

The Office of Research also has hired Dr. Kwaku Opoku as a new licensing associate in the Office of Technology Transfer. He holds a doctorate in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Washington and a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Minnesota. He is working to market and license faculty inventions to industry.  

“Dr. Opoku’s strong background at a premier biomedical research university combined with his industry background at Medtronic Inc. is a perfect fit for UT as we aggressively market our technology to the commercial sector,” said Stephen Snider, associate vice president of technology transfer and associate general counsel.

Canaday Center’s spring lectures look at historic preservation, communities

How do efforts to preserve historic homes affect the communities where these homes are located?

Two upcoming lectures will attempt to answer this question from the perspective of someone who has worked for 45 years in the historic preservation field, and someone who has personally committed to preserving one historic home.

The lectures are part of the Canaday Center’s exhibit titled “House and Home: The Intersection of Domestic Architecture and Social History, 1870-1970,” which is on display through May 5.

The talks are being held in conjunction with the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections’ exhibit, “House and Home: The Intersection of Domestic Architecture and Social History, 1870-1970.”

Dr. Ted Ligibel, director of the Historic Preservation Program at Eastern Michigan University, will present a lecture titled “From Frontier to Mid-Century Modern: 45 Years of Historic Preservation in Northwest Ohio,” Wednesday, March 29, at 3:30 p.m. in the Canaday Center.

Ligibel’s career in historic preservation began in 1974 in Toledo as a grassroots preservationist. As an associate in UT’s Urban Affairs Center, he led students in efforts to inventory Toledo’s neighborhoods and prepare nominations for the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1991, Ligibel joined the EMU faculty, and he became director of its graduate Historic Preservation Program in 1999. He is the co-author of “Historic Preservation: An Introduction to its History, Principles, and Practice,” published in 2009, which has become the national best-selling textbook in the field.

Ligibel will discuss his long career in this field, and successful and unsuccessful efforts to save historic homes and communities in northwest Ohio.


Author Amy Haimerl will talk about her experience in preserving a home in Detroit that she chronicled in her book “Detroit Hustle: A Memoir of Love, Life, and Home” (Running Press, 2016) Monday, April 10, at 3:30 p.m. in the Canaday Center.

Haimerl purchased her home — a 1914 Georgian Revival located in what was once one of Detroit’s premier neighborhoods — for $35,000. The home had no plumbing, no heat and no electricity. She and her husband believed it could be renovated for less than $100,000. Years later, after overcoming many roadblocks and weathering Detroit’s municipal bankruptcy, the couple has invested more than $300,000 in saving their home.

Her book is more than just a story of one couple’s effort to save a home. It is also a story of finding their place in a thriving community.

Haimerl is an adjunct professor of journalism at Michigan State University and a freelance journalist who writes on aspects of business and finance. Not only did she live through Detroit’s bankruptcy, but she helped to cover the story for Crain’s Detroit Business.

She will sign copies of her book at the lecture. Her talk is part of University Libraries’ celebration of National Library Week.

“House and Home: The Intersection of Domestic Architecture and Social History, 1870-1970,” is an exhibit on display in the Canaday Center through May 5.

For more information on the free, public exhibit or lectures, contact Barbara Floyd, director of the Canaday Center and interim director of University Libraries, at 419.530.2170.

Former Ohio Supreme Court Justice donates papers to UT

Former Ohio Supreme Court Justice and Toledo native Judith Ann Lanzinger recently donated her personal papers to the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections at The University of Toledo.

Lanzinger, who is the only person ever elected to all four levels of Ohio’s judiciary, retired from the state’s highest court in 2016.

Former Ohio Supreme Court Justice and UT law alumna Judith Ann Lanzinger, second from left, recently donated her personal papers to the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections. She posed for a photo with, from left, Lauren White, manuscripts librarian and lecturer; D. Benjamin Barros, dean of the College of Law; and Barbara Floyd, director of the Canaday Center and interim director of University Libraries, who propped up a 2007 portrait of justices from the Supreme Court of Ohio.

During her long career, she also served on the 6th District Court of Appeals, the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas and the Toledo Municipal Court.

The Canaday Center, the special collections department of the UT Libraries, has long collected manuscript materials related to the history of women in northwest Ohio. Noteworthy collections include the papers of educators, politicians and activists such as Linda Furney, Betty Mauk, Betty Morais, Mary Boyle Burns, Ella P. Stewart and Olive Colton. The center recently has begun collaborating with the College of Law to preserve the history of Toledo’s women lawyers and judges.

“We are delighted to help ensure this important history is accessible to future scholars and citizens,” said D. Benjamin Barros, dean of the College of Law.

As part of this collaboration with the College of Law, the center also recently acquired a collection of scrapbooks documenting the career of Geraldine Macelwane, the first woman elected judge of the Toledo Municipal Court (appointed in 1952) and the first woman judge of the Lucas County Common Pleas Court (appointed in 1956). She died in 1974.

“Justice Lanzinger is one of our most distinguished alumni, having notably served at all levels of the Ohio judiciary. We are honored that the University is able to house her papers, which we hope will encourage and inspire others to civic engagement,” Barros said.

The Lanzinger collection contains photographs, awards and research files documenting her judicial career. Of particular note are the former justice’s case notes that provide insight into her thoughts and opinions as they developed during trials.

“This collection will provide a rich source of information on many aspects of Justice Lanzinger’s career,” said Barbara Floyd, director of the Canaday Center and interim director of University Libraries. “We hope to continue to collect and preserve the papers of other women lawyers and judges from this area to add to these collections.”

Lanzinger said, “I am honored that the Ward M. Canaday Center has accepted these documents that represent my 31 years of service at all levels of Ohio’s judiciary. I hope they may be of help in future academic projects at The University of Toledo, my alma mater.”

For more information on the collection, contact Floyd at 419.530.2170.

Rockets to play Toledo Crash in wheelchair football game

The Toledo Rockets football team will play a wheelchair football game vs. the Toledo Crash in their annual matchup Sunday, March 26, at 1 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center.

Fans are invited to attend this free event.

Established in 2003 by the Ability Center of Greater Toledo, the Toledo Crash is an integrated wheelchair football team dedicated to increasing awareness and building community. The team accomplishes this by creating opportunities for sports enthusiasts with and without disabilities to come together around the sport of football.

The Rockets and the Toledo Crash have been playing an annual wheelchair football game every year since 2005.

Football coach signs contract extension through 2021

The University of Toledo and Head Football Coach Jason Candle have agreed to a contract extension through the 2021 season.

Candle led the Rockets to a 9-4 record and an appearance in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl in his first full season as Toledo’s head coach in 2016. He took over the head coaching position at the end of the 2015 regular season, leading UT to a 32-17 victory over No. 24 Temple in the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl. Before assuming the head coaching position, Candle had been an assistant at Toledo for seven years, the last four as the program’s offensive coordinator.


“We are very pleased to announce the extension of Jason Candle’s contract through the 2021 season,” Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien said. “Jason has played a very important part of the success of our football program over the last eight years, first as an assistant coach and now as head coach. He is a tremendous leader and teacher of young men, and has a great desire to elevate our football program to even greater heights. We look forward to his leadership for many years to come.”  

“I’m very appreciative of the support and confidence that President Gaber and Mike O’Brien have in me and my staff,” Candle said. “Our program is built on a strong foundation of success, and we are focused on bringing a Mid-American Conference Championship to this great University.”

Candle, a native of Salem, Ohio, began his coaching career at his alma mater, Mount Union, in 2003. He was a part of four NCAA Division III national championships with the Purple Raiders, two as a player and two as an assistant coach.

He joined Toledo in 2009 as a receivers coach and moved into the offensive coordinator position in 2012. Under Candle’s guidance as offensive coordinator, the Rocket offense was prolific. In 2014, UT led the MAC in just about every major offensive category, including scoring (36.6), total offense (490.5) and rushing offense (256.4), en route to a 9-4 record and a victory over Arkansas State in the GoDaddy Bowl. In 2015, the Rockets were 10-2 and ranked third in the MAC in scoring (35.0) and total offense (460.9).

Candle was named one of the top recruiters in the nation by Rivals in 2010. He was named the Mid-American Conference “Recruiter of the Year” by Scout.com in 2011 and 2012. In 2014, Candle was one of only two MAC assistant coaches to be named by Rivals as being among the top recruiters in the Group of Five football conferences.

Since taking over as head coach, Candle’s recruiting success has continued. Despite having just weeks to put together a staff at the conclusion of the 2015 season, Toledo’s 2016 class was ranked No. 2 in the MAC by ESPN. This past February, the 2017 Rocket recruiting class was rated No. 1 in the MAC by every major recruiting service.

UT, Owens Community College create Rocket Express Dual Admission Program

The presidents of The University of Toledo and Owens Community College signed a dual-admission partnership called Rocket Express March 16 in Libbey Hall on Main Campus.

Rocket Express is designed to provide a seamless pathway to a bachelor’s degree from UT starting at Owens Community College.

Owens Community College President Mike Bower and UT President Sharon L. Gaber posed for photos after signing a dual-admission partnership called Rocket Express last week in Libbey Hall. They were joined by Big E and Rocksy.

“The new Rocket Express Dual Admission Program is a wonderful opportunity for students to save time and money,” UT President Sharon L. Gaber said. “We are proud to strengthen our relationship with Owens Community College to help students succeed and achieve the dream of earning a degree. This program will ensure a smooth, more efficient transition from Owens to UT and further contribute to helping the region.”

Students apply once for dual admission, work to complete their program of study at Owens, and then transition to UT with help along the way from both Owens and UT student and academic services.

New and continuing Owens students who meet qualifications can apply to take advantage of the program that guarantees admission to UT and charts a course to a four-year degree. With the help of a transfer specialist, this option allows students to save time by only taking classes that count toward their specific degree. 

“The seamless process of the Rocket Express program effectively removes any potential barriers that could hinder students from transferring from Owens to UT,” said Owens President Mike Bower. “The goal of both institutions is student success by offering programs that allow them to earn a degree and enter the workforce as smoothly as possible.”

Students can apply to enroll for the summer and fall semesters.

Currently, approximately 350 students a year transfer to UT after starting at Owens.

For more information, go to utoledo.edu/admission/rocket-express.

Diversity, cultural learning to be focus of annual international dinner

The International Students Association will hold its 41st annual international dinner this weekend.

The event will take place Saturday, March 25, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium.

This year’s theme is “The Oscars Edition,” and formal attire is recommended for the dress code.

Dr. Sammy Spann, UT assistant provost for international studies and programs, and adviser to the International Students Association, will give an introduction speech, followed by Dr. Willie McKether, UT vice president for diversity and inclusion, and a representative from the Welcome Toledo Lucas County Initiative.

The dinner will include 13 different types of cuisine, performances from students, and will end with a fashion show where students from 29 countries will represent their countries by walking with their flag.

There also will be an award presentation for the International Students Association’s 11 umbrella organizations.

“The dinner showcases and promotes the international culture at UT and for the past 40 years, the International Students Association has been conducting many cultural, educational and social programs and functions of interests to involve The University of Toledo and the community,” said Aanchal Senapati, treasurer of the International Students Association.

Tickets can be purchased at Ask Rocky for $15 or at the door for $20.

Proceeds from the dinner will go to the Welcome Toledo Lucas County Initiative. This organization works to create a vibrant and welcoming community that celebrates migration and immigrant heritage as well as supports and enhances social and economic opportunities for all.

The international dinner is the International Students Association’s biggest event and promotes diversity and cultural learning.

For more information, contact  utoledo@gmail.com.